Bears announced on Friday that veteran QB Josh McCown (33) would return to the team in 2013.
In terms of realistic options, McCown had been third on our list among current free agents to backup Cutler after Jason Campbell left for Cleveland behind Rex Grossman, who will likely re-sign in Washington, and Vince Young, who is looking to make his return to the league this season.
McCown offers the Bears more than just an 11-year vet; he’s often touted as a great sideline coach and student of the game. He played in zero games for the Bears last season, but appeared in three during the 2011 season, completing 63.6% of his passes en route to two touchdowns while being sacked seven times.
Starting quarterback Jay Cutler read the tea leaves a bit in 2012 when he told the media he couldn't see Jason Campbell sticking around forever. “I just don’t envision Jason being a backup here,” Cutler said. “He’s going to go somewhere and get a chance to play.”
In addition, Cutler has openly praised McCown and was upset when the Bears let him go prior to the 2012 season, only to eventually bring him back. “When we let him go, I talked to Phil, and I told him I wasn't happy about it,” Cutler said. “I wanted Josh around. If I’m here, I want him here. That’s how I feel about it.”
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